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Leadership INsight

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Enhance your professional and societal perspectives through the Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers a range of events focused on community and education that provide insight to a broader environment to help leaders manage societal issues as they affect their school and the students. Leadership INsight creates opportunities for leaders to engage with the Institute, build and develop professional relationships and networks and extend personal and professional learning through different learning options.

Leadership INsight events will create the opportunities for you to:

  • think ‘outside the box’ about education
  • share your skills, knowledge and experiences formally and informally
  • learn from others’ skills, knowledge and experiences
  • contribute differently/more widely to education
  • engage/connect with the community outside education
  • develop/broaden your social perspective on the interrelationship of school/education and the community
  • extend your social conscience.
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Internationally renowned Harvard Professor Eric Mazur's recent visit to the Institute and his insights on what the future holds for education and science.

Promotional image for Eric Mazur event

The Leadership Institute recently offered the opportunity to hear from this prominent education and physicist innovator. Professor Mazur led a panel of experts in discussing how our future generation will learn.

In 2016, a report commissioned by PWC found that '75% of the fastest growing occupations require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills'. In stark contrast only 16% of Australian secondary school students pursue studies in the STEM disciplines, and this number continues to decline. If this trend continues, will Australian students be ready for the future job market?

These statistics make for particularly alarming reading when we consider that not only will science create more jobs in the future but scientific developments are also likely to replace many existing jobs. A Four Corners investigation revealed that experts now predict robots and the automation of manual labour will replace 40% of Australian jobs in the next 20 years. 

So we posed these questions: Will robots replace teachers? How should we prepare our students for their future?

Professor Mazur held audiences in the palm of his hand throughout the panel presentation. He was joined by WA's Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken and Makybe Rise PS principal, Steph McDonald. Facilitated by Noelene Mason, Principal Advisor at the Institute, Professor Mazur and his fellow panelists captivated the audience at this Leadership INsight event. He followed up the next day with a masterclass, 'Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century'. It's been wonderful to have such incredible leaders and innovators at the Institute.

INsight panellists pose in front of Institute reception Eric Mazur holing iPad Eric Mazur works with participants of his master class

Read more about Professor Eric Mazur.

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Previous events

The Institute has hosted a number of events attracting high quality, inspirational leaders, professionals and researchers from various fields. These informal, after hours events offer the opportunity for you to expand your thinking and enhance your practice by applying fresh leadership insights to your school.

Our previous presenters include:

Vic Zbar headshot Vic Zbar is a widely-published author in education and management. In his Leading Improvement Through Your School presentation, he spoke about the centrality of leadership to whole school improvement, including a discussion of what leadership means in the school context, and the key elements of successful school leadership. Colin Pettit head shot Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People WA, spoke about the three projects in which he is involved  - youth justice, education and child-safe organisations.
Dr Thelma Perso head shot Dr Thelma Perso, Director Teaching and Learning at Mundaring Christian College, outlined how culturally responsive schools create welcoming and supportive learning environments that respect cultures, languages and experiences. Churchill Fellowship recipients, Michael Morgan and Valerie Furphy Churchill Fellowship recipients, Michael Morgan, Principal, Shenton College and Valerie Furphy, Vice Principal, Perth Modern School, highlighted the benefits the fellowship provided for themselves as individuals and their school communities.
Andrew Kikeros', Principal of LIFE TIME WISE Andrew Kikeros', Principal of LIFE TIME WISE, presentation was based on the strong belief that when you are completely comfortable in yourself, you don’t need to assume other identities or personas, allowing you to embrace the potential for life choices and discover new realities. Dr Qing Gu, Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham Dr Qing Gu, Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham presented her research, Eight Strong Claims about Successful School Leadership.


Share your thoughts

The Institute welcomes any suggestions as to who you would like to see present at future Leadership INsight events. Email your thoughts, ideas and feedback to

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Further information

For further information, please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


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